J&K Dialogue: Appointment of interlocutor is a non-starter, says Pak diplomat Basit



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Former Pak high commissioner to India, Abdul Basit has said that there can be no peace if Hurriyat Conference is not taken onboard.

In an interview to Pakistan Today Basit said that since the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani, Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Omer Farooq and Yasin Malik have joined hands under the joint resistance leadership. “Whenever they announce a schedule of strikes and protests that is strictly followed by all Kashmiris. So to say that Hurriyat has become irrelevant is slightly out of place for me.”

According to Abdul Basit Hurriyat represents the political aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“I don’t think, given my own experience, that you can achieve peace or resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute without taking the Hurriyat onboard,” Basit said.

Talking about the appointment of former director IB as an interlocutor for Jammu and Kashmir, Basit said “It is a non-starter already”.

“I have already tweeted that he is to work within the Indian Constitutional framework, it would remain a non-starter. We are already hearing from different sources that he would not engage different groups,” Basit said.



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